Photo: Samir N. Khleif, MD
Samir N. Khleif, MD
Year elected: 2009
Current membership category: Senior
Georgetown University/Lombardi Comp Cancer Center
3970 Reservoir Road, NW, Suite 501E
Washington, DC 20057
United States of America
Phone: 706-831-4549

Biographical statement

Dr. Khleif earned his M.D. from the University of Jordan in Amman in 1986. He completed his internal medicine residency at the Medical College of Ohio in 1990 and joined the NCI as a medical oncology fellow. Currently he is a senior investigator and Chief of Cancer Vaccine Section at the NCI, he also serve as a Special Assistant to the Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration leading the Critical Path Initiative for oncology. Dr. Khleif is also a professor of medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD. Dr. Khleif serves on many local, national, and international committees and as a cancer vaccine expert for a number of national organizations. From 2002 to 2006 Dr. Khleif served as the Director General and CEO of the King Hussein Cancer Center as part of an agreement between the NCI and Jordan. During that period Dr. Khleif lead the development of the only cancer center in the Middle East into an international recognized comprehensive cancer center of excellence. In 2007, Dr. Khleif was appointed, as part of a new agreement between the Health and Human Services Department/NCI and Jordan to develop this new Institute as a comprehensive cancer center and Biotechnology research hub for the Middle East. Dr. Khleif’s research interest is in identifying new and improved strategies to enhance specific immune response against cancer for preventive and therapeutic intent. This is conducted through the understanding of immune regulation and tumor-immune system interaction and translating the findings into therapeutic approaches.

Institutional affiliations

Georgetown University School of Medicine (Primary)


Internal Medicine